With Your Name now receiving a live-action Hollywood remake, original writer and director, Makoto Shinkai, says his follow up anime film “Weathering With You,” could possibly also get a live-action film adaptation too.
Mr. Shinkai made revealed in a recent interview with Fandom.
“I think if Your Name goes well then maybe Weathering With You may well end up being made into live action as well, but I think the weather is something that animation is better at than live-action,” says Shinkai. “Because if you’re watching the weather in a live-action film, of course you can do it — you can make lights come from the heavens — but the audience is going to know that it has been done through computer graphics. Whereas, with animation, because everything in that world has been hand-drawn, everything looks real within the animated world. And I just think that animation and weather are very well suited to each other. So this might be harder to make live-action than Your Name.”
The movie was released in Japanese theaters on July 19th, 2020. The film received a novel adaptation written by Shinkai and was released on the next day of the anime film release. A manga adaptation illustrated by Watari Kubota was first serialized in Kodansha’s Afternoon on July 25 the same year.
The film’s story centers around the high school student Hodaka who leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina.
Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.